We've waited a long time for Persona 5 — it's been almost a decade since the fourth entry, so seeing this launch is exciting. Persona remains one of my favorite RPG series; I love how it tackles difficult topics about the human condition, and blends everyday life with fighting demons. One minute you're chatting with classmates and getting to know them, the next you're fusing a powerful persona to conquer an intense boss. Not many games make you feel like you're a part of the world, but Persona thrives on entrenching you in every aspect of it. Its solid progression system makes you feel like you're always advancing something, whether you're improving your skills and relationships or getting further in a dungeon. I had high hopes for Persona 5, but was worried a new cast and story might not hold my interest like previous ones. I'm glad those concerns were unfounded — I haven't been able to put the game down since I got it a few weeks ago.
It feels great to be in a new Persona adventure, and I love trekking throughout Tokyo, the social links (now called "Confidants"), and how dungeons feel more focused. Everything just blends together so wonderfully, making me completely immersed in the journey. The game oozes style and creativity, while also staying true to the heart and soul of the series. I have yet to finish the game, but right now it's the most fun I've had all year, so much so I don't think there's much that could trump it for my game of the year. And that says something, considering we've had so many great games already hit this year.
I'm so excited to hear what you all think about the game. Until then, I'm providing a special video edition of RPG Grind Time to tide you over. I sat down with fellow Persona fans Dan Tack and Joe Juba (who reviewed it) for a spoiler-free discussion about the game. In this video, we dive into combat, explore Tokyo, and share why we love the game so much. Enjoy!
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